RELEASE: California State Controller Betty Yee Endorses Dave Min (SD37) For State Senate

Irvine, Calif. — TODAY, Dave Min, UC Irvine law professor and candidate for California’s 37th State Senate District, was endorsed by State Controller Betty Yee. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Controller Yee acts as as the state’s banker, accountant, and bookkeeper for all public funds. Her endorsement comes on the heels of a number of others – including Representatives Gil Cisneros, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, and Judy Chu; CDP Secretary Jenny Bach; Newport Local AFT 1794, and others – as well as the campaign’s announcement that it had raised its first $100,000 in less than one month.

“Dave Min is the principled, dedicated, progressive, and pragmatic leader that District 37 needs in the State Senate,” said Controller Yee.  “In addition to his nationally-acclaimed policy work leveling the economic playing field for all Americans, Dave’s knowledge of state-level and local issues make him the candidate best equipped to tackle the big problems facing Orange County – including economic development, women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions, and access to affordable healthcare.”  

With over 30 years of distinguished public service in state and local finance and tax policy, Controller Yee is one of California’s highest-esteemed public officials.  Before her election as State Controller in 2014, Yee served two terms as a member of the Board of Equalization and as Chief Deputy Budget Director for Governor Gray Davis. She also co-founded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas.

“I am incredibly honored to have the support of such a strong progressive leader in my State Senate run,” said Min. “Controller Betty Yee has my deep respect for her years of work in public service keeping our state’s economy working for who it’s supposed to be – middle and working class Californians. I pledge to do the same in the State Senate.” 

Yee’s endorsement adds to a broad and growing coalition of early supporters of Min’s State Senate run. Since announcing his candidacy on January 8th, Min has been endorsed by a number of elected officials, local activists, and organizations, including:

  • Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794
  • Jenny Bach, California Democratic Party Secretary
  • CA State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • Congressman Mark Takano
  • David Ryu – Los Angeles City Council Member
  • Sukhee Kang – Former Irvine Mayor
  • MaryAnn Gaido – Former Irvine City Council Member
  • Ross Chun – City of Aliso Viejo Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Tiffany Ackley – Aliso Viejo City Councilwoman
  • RL Miller – Chair of California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
  • Ali Taj – Artesia City Council Member
  • Valerie Amezcua – Santa Ana Board of Education
  • Andrew Rodriguez – Walnut Mayor Pro Tem
  • Sherri Loveland – Tustin community activist and former President of NWPOC
  • Louise Adler – Founding member of Women in Leadership, local women’s leader
  • Judge Lynne Riddle (ret.) – Planned Parenthood board, activist, retired federal bankruptcy judge
  • Sarah Miller – Deputy Director, Open Market Institute

A full endorsement list can be found HERE.


David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest.  He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy.

California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.

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